School-Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships

Suncoast Christian College currently has many school-based trainees and apprentices in the workforce in vocational areas in a diverse range of industries and disciplines.

Sunshine Coast Apprenticeships

What is a School-based Traineeship or Apprenticeship?



Students spend four days at school, one day at work, and time at training. The flexible school program allows students to effectively combine a School-Based Traineeship or Apprenticeship while studying for their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and/or Overall Position (OP) score.

  • School-based traineeships and apprenticeships are integrated into the Senior timetable as one of the six Senior subjects so students may remain OP eligible.
  • Get an OP and a traineeship or apprenticeship.
  • Best of both worlds for practically-minded students wanting a headstart into Sunshine Coast apprenticeships.

What Industries Are Available?

The options for students completing a school-based apprenticeship include:

  • Community recreation officer
  • Hairdressing
  • Hospitality
  • Broadcasting
  • Retail
  • Aero/Flight Industry
  • Construction and Trades

Further Information

Leanne Abrahams

Vocational Education Coordinator
Suncoast Christian College
P: (07) 5451 3600

Why Complete A School-Based Traineeship Or Apprenticeship?

  • a head start into a career
  • nationally recognised qualification
  • opportunity to earn and learn
  • get ahead of the competition when applying for jobs
  • a head start into a full-time or part-time apprenticeship
  • gain valuable work and industry experience before leaving school
  • may lead to full-time work after leaving school

How do Students Apply?

Steps to becoming a School-Based Trainee or Apprentice at Suncoast Christian College:

  1. Speak with the Vocational Education Coordinator and complete a Request for Traineeship form.
  2. Have an interview with the Director of Studies or Deputy Principal (??? did say Head of Secondary) .
  3. Complete work experience. If the employer is happy, a Training Contract and an Education, Training and Employment Schedule (ETES) is completed.
  4. Start your traineeship or apprenticeship.

What Are The Benefits To A Business Who Supports Your Traineeship Or Apprenticeship?

If you are a business looking to participate, please consider the benefits of employing a trainee or apprentice:

  • an effective way to recruit and retain staff
  • increase efficiency and productivity in your business
  • foster growth
  • maintain and preserve the quality skills in your industry
  • train your staff the way you would like them to work
  • flexibility
  • nationally recognised training developed for industry by industry
  • employers may benefit from state and federal government incentives
  • "My school based traineeship gave me first-hand experience and a step in the career I have chosen. It was also great fun! I would definitely recommend traineeships to anyone who wants a real look into whatever field they’re interested in."

    Robert Shields
    Certificate II Aeroskills QLD Institute for Aviation Engineering
  • I really encourage students currently in Years 10 - 12 to apply for a school-based Traineeship. Doing the Certificate III in Aged Care, learning skills, actively working in the workplace and gaining experience; I can now see myself in my future career as a nurse. There is a great deal of support and flexibility by the school, I strongly recommend it”.

    Danielle Cherry
    Certificate III Aged Care, Sundale Gardens